The Code of Honor: Or, Rules for the Government of Principals and Seconds in Duelling

J. Phinney, 1858 - 46 sidor
The author, John Lyde Wilson, states that he is not an advocate of dueling in all cases of conflict, but he believes that there are times when it is acceptable and necessary. He has written this guide as a way of formalizing those instances.

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Sida 39 - Rule 2. But if the parties would rather fight on, then, after two shots each (but in no case before), B may explain...
Sida 41 - NB Challenges for undivulged causes may be reconciled on the ground- after one shot. An explanation or the slightest hit should be sufficient in such cases, because no personal offence transpired. "RULE 7. " But no apology can be received, in any case, after the parties have actually taken their ground, without exchange of fires.
Sida 43 - No dumb shooting or firing in the air admissible in any case. The challenger ought not to have challenged without receiving offence ; and the challenged ought, if he gave offence, to have made an apology before he came on the ground ; therefore, children's play must be dishonorable on one side or the other, and is accordingly prohibited.
Sida 23 - AND HIS SECOND BEFORE FIGHTING. 1. AFTER all efforts for a reconciliation are over, the party aggrieved sends a challenge to his adversary, which is delivered to his second. 2. Upon the acceptance of the challenge, the seconds make the necessary arrangements for the meeting, in which each party is entitled to a perfect equality. The old notion that the party challenged was authorized to name the time, place, distance and weapon, has been long since exploded, nor would a man of chivalric honor use...
Sida 44 - The challenged chooses his ground ; the challenger chooses his distance ; the seconds fix the time and terms of firing.
Sida 39 - When the lie direct is the first offence, the aggressor must either beg pardon in express terms, exchange two shots previous to apology, or three shots followed up by explanation, or fire on till a severe hit be received by one party or the other.
Sida 39 - The first offence requires the first apology, though the retort may have been more offensive than the insult : example ; — A tells B he is impertinent, etc., B retorts, that he lies : yet A must make the first apology, because he gave the first offence, and then (after one fire) B may explain away the retort by subsequent apology.
Sida 37 - The grave reviewer has spoken of certain States in terms so unlike a gentleman, that I would advise him to look at home, and say whether he does not think that the manners of his own countrymen do not require great amendment. I am very sure that the citizens of the States so disrespectfully spoken of, would feel a deep humiliation to be compelled to exchange their urbanity of deportment for the uncouth incivility of the people of Massachusetts. Look at their public journals, and you will find them,...
Sida 10 - But my plan for doing it away is essentially different from the one which teaches a passive forbearance to insult and indignity. I would inculcate in the rising generation a spirit of lofty independence. I would have them taught that nothing was more derogatory to the honor of a gentleman than to wound the feelings of any one, however humble. That, if wrong be done to another, it was more an act of heroism and bravery to repair the injury, than to persist in error, and enter into mortal combat with...

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